11. Technologies

Since technologies can cause profound change, it’s important to understand them – their past, present, and possible future.

Resources providing an overall introduction to technologies:

  • (List pending)

11.1 The structure of industrial revolutions

“Capitalism, technology and innovation” by Carlota Perez

Beyond “products” to “platforms”

Erik Brynjolfsson on “Machine, Platform, Crowd” at the RSA

11.2 Technologies and overhang

11.3 Energy systems

“Why don’t we all just use Geothermal Energy?” by Just Have A Think
“Is Nuclear Power Green?” by Sabine Hossenfelder
“How close is nuclear fusion power?” by Sabine Hossenfelder

Good sources of supplementary information:

11.4 Food, clothing, shelter, and beyond

11.5 Nanotech

Nanotechnology explained at 5 levels of difficulty, by George Tulevski

11.6 Biotech

11.7 Infotech

Machine Learning explained at 5 levels of difficulty, by Hilary Mason
“The Power of Self-Learning Machines” with Demis Hassabis

11.8 Cognotech

The brain support for memory, explained at 5 levels of difficulty, by Daphna Shohamy
“Kernel, Bryan Johnson, and Neuralink” by Ryan Tanaka

11.9 Virtual and Augmented Reality

Virtual Reality explained at 5 levels of difficulty, by John Carmack

11.10 Robotics

“Microbots, Swarmbots, and Robotics-Based Medicine” by Transhumania

11.11 Quantum tech

Quantum computing explained at 5 levels of difficulty, by Talia Gershon
“How Quantum Computers Break Encryption: Shor’s Algorithm Explained” by MinutePhysics

11.12 Space tech

11.13 Social tech

“What is Ethereum? A Beginner’s Explanation in Plain English” by 99Bitcoins

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